News — 22 March 2013

Dryden Police Service have arrested a 22 year-old Geraldton man after a video of an assault in a local restaurant sparked a social media firestorm earlier this week.

The man made arrangements to turn himself in after learning of the local police investigation of the video which featured him physically harassing a resident of Pikangikum in the local McDonalds restaurant on Hwy. 17.

The Geraldton man was in bail court in Sioux Lookout, Friday.

The Dryden Police Service say tips flooded in from as far as northern Minnesota and members of the OPP assisted in gathering evidence in Pikangikum and Geraldton.

Dryden Police Chief Rob Davis is relieved to see the investigation progress to the point where an arrest could be made.

“This investigation resulted in some social media banter with racial undertones and accusations,” said Davis in March 21 release. “The people that have called with tips have been both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, all hoping to solve this incident, and are commended for their courage to come forward.”

By Dryden Observer Staff 



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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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